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A murdered boy in a Cambridgeshire graveyard sets in motion an investigation into the local church and school, with suspicions of a cult murmured throughout the community. With their first case, DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox explore the various levels of desperation and malice that can stem from an unhappy or dissatisfied life, where no one takes responsibility for A murdered boy in a Cambridgeshire graveyard sets in motion an investigation into the local church and school, with suspicions of a cult murmured throughout the community. With their first case, DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox explore the various levels of desperation and malice that can stem from an unhappy or dissatisfied life, where no one takes responsibility for their actions. They quickly find that everyone harbours a secret which, left uncontrolled, can bring forth devastating self-destruction.


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A murdered boy in a Cambridgeshire graveyard sets in motion an investigation into the local church and school, with suspicions of a cult murmured throughout the community. With their first case, DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox explore the various levels of desperation and malice that can stem from an unhappy or dissatisfied life, where no one takes responsibility for A murdered boy in a Cambridgeshire graveyard sets in motion an investigation into the local church and school, with suspicions of a cult murmured throughout the community. With their first case, DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox explore the various levels of desperation and malice that can stem from an unhappy or dissatisfied life, where no one takes responsibility for their actions. They quickly find that everyone harbours a secret which, left uncontrolled, can bring forth devastating self-destruction.

49 review for In the Light of Madness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    *** Actual rating: 3.5 / 5 *** Gravestones jutted out of the ground like candles on a birthday cake. They marked an occasion in a person’s life-span, but were ultimately forgotten once the ceremony was over. The above quote is the opening of In the Light of Madness. It gives you a taster of the quality of the writing, which was a breeze to read. Its comfortable pace was set from the beginning and the short, snappy chapters allowed me to shadow DI Eva Wednesday and co. as they investigate the a *** Actual rating: 3.5 / 5 *** Gravestones jutted out of the ground like candles on a birthday cake. They marked an occasion in a person’s life-span, but were ultimately forgotten once the ceremony was over. The above quote is the opening of In the Light of Madness. It gives you a taster of the quality of the writing, which was a breeze to read. Its comfortable pace was set from the beginning and the short, snappy chapters allowed me to shadow DI Eva Wednesday and co. as they investigate the a murder of a teenager whose body was discovered in a cemetery. The crime appears curiously motiveless and they have the added pressure of locating the deceased’s closest friend, who hasn’t been seen since the gruesome discovery was made. The initial impressions of the scene of crime and the manner in which challenging interviews are conducted are expressed effortlessly. The characters find their voices quickly and the little kinks in their personalities trigger quotas of rapport or friction at just the right time. We learn that the DI shares a house with her journalist half-sister, which causes all manner of issues as the integrity of their professional and personal lives have a tendency to clash. One thing they have in common is the unpredictable presence of their mother’s illness that threatens to consume the family throughout the story. Although the DI copes admirably, the distressing situation adds more pressure to Wednesday’s woes. It was endearing, if somewhat unexpected, to see the chain-smoking DI blush as often as she did. While this particular vulnerability made her appear more human than other ‘tough-as-nails’ counterparts playing a similar role, given her high rank I would have presumed that ideally she should have a more ‘assertive’ by default. So kudos to the author for taking the refreshing approach of stepping away from the stereotypical tough-as-nails Detective Inspector I have come to expect. Murder. Missing persons. Mental health. This trying investigation unearths more questions than answers for Wednesday and her team, and there’s a terrific mix of social imperfections ranging from those with perceived class to others whose behaviour that is just plain tactless given the severity of the situation. It’s easy to scrutinise a person from their post code or a lifestyle we disapprove of, but as this story will prove all someone needs to take a life is a distorted perspective. All-in-all In the Light of Madness had a solid plot that held my attention until the end. Nicely done! (Huge thanks to the author for providing a copy of their book and for patiently waiting for my unbiased review – it’s much appreciated.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Hemmie Martin has written a detective story brimming with page turning suspense and intrigue that will not disappoint if you like crime novels. Her main characters, Detective Inspector Eva Wednesday and her partner Detective Sargent Jacob Lennox, are as rich and complex as the plot, which is basically investigating murder against a backdrop of secrets and lies in a small village. The novel is full of twists and turns that keep you flipping the page to find out what will happen whilst becoming co Hemmie Martin has written a detective story brimming with page turning suspense and intrigue that will not disappoint if you like crime novels. Her main characters, Detective Inspector Eva Wednesday and her partner Detective Sargent Jacob Lennox, are as rich and complex as the plot, which is basically investigating murder against a backdrop of secrets and lies in a small village. The novel is full of twists and turns that keep you flipping the page to find out what will happen whilst becoming continually more endeared to those involved with righting these wrongs in the small community. I highly recommend this smartly written and suspenseful tale to anyone looking for a good read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Davies

    I am a big fan of crime novels. I liked the characters and the storylines and there were twists and turns and surprises that kept the book interesting but I didn't find it totalling absorbing. I also got the sense that the author had trouble chosing names for both characters and places. I hope there will be a series as there is great potential here for the characters to develop and I would be very interesed to find out more about them in their working and private lives. I am a big fan of crime novels. I liked the characters and the storylines and there were twists and turns and surprises that kept the book interesting but I didn't find it totalling absorbing. I also got the sense that the author had trouble chosing names for both characters and places. I hope there will be a series as there is great potential here for the characters to develop and I would be very interesed to find out more about them in their working and private lives.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    This is a Gripping detective story that introduces Detective Inspector Eva Wednesday and her partner Detective Sargent Jacob Lennox. Both must investigate murder against a backdrop of secrets and lies in a small village. The crimes they uncover rock the closed world of a small rural community and challenge the resources of the two detectives professionally and personally. Fans of detective stories will not be disappointed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    In the light of madness was very well written, this book was my first one in which I have read from Hemmie Martin, I have just bought another one from the same author which I am really looking forward to reading

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily Ward

    I'm not normally one to pick crime as my genre, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much the characters stories outshone the crime! I was engrossed by the story and struggled to but the book down. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a gripping read not just those who like crime and contemporary! Very well written! I'm not normally one to pick crime as my genre, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much the characters stories outshone the crime! I was engrossed by the story and struggled to but the book down. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a gripping read not just those who like crime and contemporary! Very well written!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Louise White

    I have met this author several times and I finally took the plunge to purchase one of her books, and I'm so glad that I did. I was first attracted by the cover and then when I asked the author what book of her's should I start with then she recommended this book. This is the start of the DC Wednesday series. The characters are real and likeable, Wednesday is a hard working woman in a predominately male orientated role. She has her own personal dramas and when they start to infringe on her profes I have met this author several times and I finally took the plunge to purchase one of her books, and I'm so glad that I did. I was first attracted by the cover and then when I asked the author what book of her's should I start with then she recommended this book. This is the start of the DC Wednesday series. The characters are real and likeable, Wednesday is a hard working woman in a predominately male orientated role. She has her own personal dramas and when they start to infringe on her professional life, Wednesday has some tough choices to make. I have not read a crime book for a long time and this had made me realise what I love about them. The suspense, the whodunit? I instantly ordered the next book and can not wait to dive in. Its been refreshing to get involved in a new series in a genre that I'm returning to.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joey Paul

    This is the first in the DI Wednesday series and I loved it. Meeting Eva Wednesday and seeing how she works. The case is that of a murdered teen, with another missing, and yet there seem to be too many threads and no way to connect them to find the killer. The book is well written and engaging from the start. I loved it and found it a pleasurable read. Onto the next one now! Highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Full review to follow

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    An excellent read, can't wait for the next installment from Hemmie! An excellent read, can't wait for the next installment from Hemmie!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emma White

    This is the first in the series from Wednesday and Lennox. I read this one in a day was captured from the beginning.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The crime was really interesting and kept me guessing until the end, but what kept me reading more than anything else was the development of Wednesday and Lennox's personal lives. Thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't wait to read the next one The crime was really interesting and kept me guessing until the end, but what kept me reading more than anything else was the development of Wednesday and Lennox's personal lives. Thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't wait to read the next one

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I will be posting a review on my blog PerksOfBeingALateNightReader www.perksofbeingalatenightreader.blog... I will be posting a review on my blog PerksOfBeingALateNightReader www.perksofbeingalatenightreader.blog...

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